June 19, 2001
Musical Masters and Their Memories:
Mexican Folk Concert at CSUS
"Four Masters of Our Mexican Heritage,"
a celebration of Mexican cultural traditions and folk music,
hits the stage at California State University, Sacramento
at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 26. The theatrical concert takes
place in the University Union Ballroom.
The performance will feature four elder folk artists accompanied
by the youth group Los Cenzontles. The artists will discuss
their respective Mexican and Mexican American heritage and
its relationship to the rich cultural diversity of California.
The four artists are the foremost, and in some cases, the
only remaining proponents of this heritage. The artists will
also discuss the history and traditions associated with each
The traditions represented, rural in their origins, have had
a tremendous affect on contemporary Mexican music. The CSUS
concert celebrates the passing of cultural traditions from
one generation to the next, as well as, the release of an
Arhoolie Records CD featuring the four folk artists and Los
The program includes Julian Gonzales performing the traditional
mariachi music of Jalisco, Mexico accompanied by dancers;
Atilano Lopez performing the traditional Pirekuas of the Purepecha
people, sung in Spanish and Purepecha; Andres Vega Delfin,
a member of the renown group Mono Blanco, performing the traditional
music of southern Veracruz accompanied by zapateado dancers;
and Santiago Jimenez, Jr. performing traditional Tejano music.
The CSUS concert is part of a two-week tour of six cities
in California and is directed by Eugene Rodriguez and Gilberto
Gutierrez - both of whom have a long history of collaborating
on projects aimed at reintroducing Mexican folklore to young
people. Their work has been funded by the U.S. Mexico Fund
for Culture, the California Arts Council and the National
Endowment for the Arts.
A bilingual program will be available at the concert and tickets
are $8 for general admission and $5 for students. Tickets
are available at the CSUS Tickets office at (916) 278-4323.
For more information about the concert call the CSUS Multi-Cultural
Center at (916) 278-6101. Media assistance is available by
contacting the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.
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